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Thursday, 22 June 2006
Page: 269

Senator ELLISON (Minister for Justice and Customs) (12:41 AM) —We believe that providing for this by regulation still provides transparency. It is a public determination disallowable by the parliament and, of course, it gives the ability to expand the operation of this act without having to go through cumbersome amendment to the legislation. The reason we have named this bill using the term ‘law enforcement integrity’ is so as not to name a particular agency. I am on the record as saying that I well envisage that in the future this could be expanded but, at this stage, to particularly name certain agencies is premature, we believe. We want to see how it operates for the time being, but I could well envisage that in the future it will be expanded to encompass other Commonwealth agencies which have a law enforcement function. But at this stage we are opposed to the amendment.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Chapman)—Senator Ludwig, how do you intend to handle your group of amendments?